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April 22, 1968

In addition to the final recordings for Redding’s “Little Miss Strange,” five recordings of “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)” were laid to tape. Overdubs a rough mixes were also developed for “Three Little Bears” and “Gypsy Eyes.”

1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) Gypsy Eyes Little Miss Strange Recording Three Little Bears

April 26, 1968

Back at The Record Plant, this emotionally trying session for the group resulted in several takes of “Gypsy Eyes” for which little progress was seen.

Gypsy Eyes Recording the Record Plant

May 01, 1968

The Experience work at the Record Plant in New York City. During the session, the group creates the basic track for “House Burning Down” and complete the recordings of “Gypsy Eyes” with take 5 being marked as ‘complete.’ The group also revisit “Tax Free” with Hendrix playing his guitar through a Leslie speaker on two of the takes; the later being marked as ‘use.’

Gypsy Eyes House Burning Down New York City Record Plant Recording the experience

May 17, 1968

The Experience completed an overdub and mixdown session for “Gypsy Eyes” at the Record Plant.

Gypsy Eyes Record Plant Recording the experience

July 24, 1968

Eddie Kramer prepared a rough mix of “Gypsy Eyes” at the Record Plant, but marks the tape box, ‘check with Jimi for usage.’

eddie kramer Gypsy Eyes Record Plant Recording

August 27, 1968

The Experience return to the Record Plant to put the finishing touches on their forthcoming release, Electric Ladyland. Work on “Gypsy Eyes” on this night focused on the flanging effects, which had studio engineers Eddie Kramer and Gary Kellgren physically putting pressure on the flange reel of the tape deck during recording. While Hendrix and Kramer labored over the master tape for Electric Ladyland, Kallgren, Mitchell and Redding recorded twelve-takes of Redding’s own composition, “How Can I Live,” which later appeared on the debut release for Redding’s new band, Fat Mattress. With only one more track required to complete the album, the group turned to Earl King’s “Come On (Part One)” to fill the final track. After fourteen takes, the final take was selected as the basic track for the album. Electric Ladyland was now complete.

eddie kramer Electric Ladyland Gary Kellgren Gypsy Eyes Record Plant Recording the experience

November 18, 1968

The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s sixth North American single, “Crosstown Traffic” b/w “Gypsy Eyes” (Reprise 0792) is released.

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